After two years of constant hard work with many different poor accomodations and open-air events, our NGO, Lighthouse of Paterson has finally got a "house"! (provided by the government) - or more precisely a derelict.
BUT: after all, a place, a site where people can come to when they need help. With combined forces and people of our townships the first progresses have been made. The first time clearing the dung out, building a roof over our heads (Biggest thank you to Math from Holland, who supports us active with his skill set and financially!) and meager painting the walls. " the main point is that we can start" as our chairman Kelvin Kamp said. Now there still have to be acquired some desks and chairs, cupboards and locks to safely store our commodity contributions  and beds for the night for Patersons waifs and strays where they can at least stay safely temporary over night. 
All beginnings are difficult but at least it's a beginning. 


On the 15th of June our annual charity game has taken place in Jois, Burgenland Austria. This time FC Hill "Leo Hillinger's celebrity team" played against our national public service broadcaster Team "ORF". Both parties want to raise awareness for the peoples needs, issues and challenges in Paterson, South Africa. We all wanted to portray the joy, opportunity and power this sport has in both countries and for all people. Football is giving Patersons children the chance to be determined and focus on discipline, education and teamwork. Due to the sport they are more passionate about something that improves their health and communication skills rather than their violence. 

As part of this charity game and due to the generous donations Lighthouse of Paterson is able to provide more health improving measures (which we will disclose in the next post). 
The Lighthouse family is moving forwards - together! 

We want to say thank you to Leo Hillinger, Austrian Airlines, Grill Heaven, Zeus Soda, Radon's Sport, Kurier, Cafe Trixi, Marktgemeinde Jois and FC Hill for the support and for believing in us and giving these children a chance.

(we apologize that this short film is only available in German)


Together with the Austrian football club "FC Hill" we pulled together a charity football match which took place last year in September. Due to the generous donations FC Hill visited us past January and brought us sport supplies such as jerseys, balls and shoes.

They made a dream come true. Now Lighthouse of Paterson is able to enroll it's sport's team to local competition and keep the children balanced and focused on staying out of trouble. Apart from that it ensures a healthier lifestyle for the children because of our practice schedule which consists of at least three practices a week. Due to the fact that there are no sports lessons in school, Lighthouse saw it's duty to step in to give the kids the opportunity to get some exercise.

A huge thank you to Leo Hillinger, Austrian Airlines, Grill Heaven, Zeus Soda, Radon's Sport, Kurier, Cafe Trixi, Marktgemeinde Jois and FC Hill for the support and for believing in us and giving these children a chance.

(we apologize that this short film is only available in German)

  • Lighthouse HQ in the making
    Time is TBD
    The dung is cleared out, the walls are getting painted and we the roof over our heads is getting finished as we write this. The Lighthouse headquarter is assuming a form - slow but steady!
  • Lighthouse found a home
    Time is TBD
    After two years of constant hard work and a lot of negotiations, Lighthouse of Paterson is officially able to say: "We have a home!".
  • Medical Support is finally coming!
    Time is TBD
    Port Elizabeth
    Patersons location limits medical support. In case of an emergency the next hospital is over 40 minutes away (assuming of having a car to drive there). Now Ivannitha and Leilani have the chance to participate in nursing courses to support the community with their soon mastered skills.
  • Donations from Mat van Loo
    Time is TBD
    A huge Thank you to Mat van Loo for donating a piano, drums and further music supplies. Now Lighthouse of Paterson is able to provide music lessons every Sunday afternoon. Music plays a big part in the childrens life and now they're able to express themselves through an art which they were thought s
  • Local Football Tournament
    Do., 22. Aug.
    Field in front of the Factory
    Lighthouse's boys and girls football team are participating in a local tournament. Football is giving them focus, hope on a brighter future and a second family they can rely on.
  • Mandela Day
    Do., 18. Juli
    Lighthouse of Paterson
    On Mandela Day you do something nice for each other without expecting something in return, to honor South Africans former great leader "Mandela".
  • Wir für unsere Kinder - Brückenschlag: FC Hill Jois und Südafrika
    Sa., 15. Juni
    Sportclub FC Hill Jois
    "Wir für unsere Kinder" is a charity match series we organized together with the football club FC Hill Jois, to support the love and passion for sports of Paterson's children.
  • AIDS & HIV Event
    Fr., 10. Mai
    About every second person in South Africa is HIV positive and the rate of girls getting pregnant at the age of 12 is too high to be ignored or condoned. Lighthouse of Paterson knew from the beginning that this is one of the most important topics we had to educate our children about.

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